This stuff just keeps coming, and I am glad it is because there's something woefully wrong about the way this whole thing has been handled. The behind-the-scenes, under-the-table deals between the Yanks and the City have been exposed for all their ugliness. And it just keeps coming:
More than a quarter of the $370 million in taxpayer financing in the Yankees' latest demand would go to shiny new toys like giant video screens and upgraded luxury suites, documents show.Well said.
Nearly $95 million is for "scope modifications" - items not in the team's original plan when it got $942 million in tax-exempt bonds via the city.
The Yankees' $95 million in extras includes $14.2 million for a scoreboard, $10.7million for a giant video board and $10.4 million in luxury suite upgrades.
The team wants more money to make room for two restaurants, a New York Yankees Steakhouse and a Hard Rock Cafe.
"It's terrific that they want to have a Hard Rock Cafe and a steakhouse there, but why should the taxpayer pay for that?" [Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, (D-Westchester)] asked.